The U.S. WNT recovered from their lackluster performance Wednesday to dispatch Guatemala 5-0 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois Friday night.
The U.S. got off to a flying start when Tobin Heath tapped the ball in after Sydney Leroux got to Ali Krieger’s cross in the 7th minute.
Leroux and Alex Morgan both missed chances to add on to the lead, before Morgan was stretchered off with a left ankle injury. Morgan sprained the same ankle in October 2013 and rushed back, only to suffer a stress fracture which saw her sidelined until June of this year.
Christen Press, Morgan’s replacement, had a goal controversially disallowed shortly before halftime.
The U.S. finally found their shooting boots and goals began pouring in as Carli Lloyd headed in Leroux’s cross one minute into the second half.
Rapinoe’s sixth corner of the game led to the third goal as it was redirected towards goal by Lloyd and was diverted into the goal via the backheel of Heath for her second on the night.
Barely a minute later, Guatemala was picking the ball out of the net yet again after a Rapinoe free kick was headed in by defender Whitney Engen, who beat Guatemala’s offside-trap in the 58th minute.
Rapinoe, who thrived in the number 10 role, got a goal for herself as Lloyd’s blocked shot found its way to Rapinoe, who from the edge of the box, fired in a rocket passed the Guatemalan goalkeeper.
Despite not scoring again, the U.S. dictated play and had a few more chances to extend their lead.
The result leaves the U.S. WNT atop the Group A standings with a result against Haiti on Monday securing their spot in the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Championship.
Haiti, who lost to Trinidad and Tobago in the earlier match Friday, is tied for second with the Caribbean nation.
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 4 5
GUA 0 0 0
USA – Tobin Heath (Sydney Leroux) 7th minute
USA – Carli Lloyd (Sydney Leroux) 46
USA – Tobin Heath (Carli Lloyd) 57
USA – Whitney Engen (Megan Rapinoe) 58
USA – Megan Rapinoe 66
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger (5-Kelley O’Hara, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 6-Whitney Engen, 16-Meghan Klingenberg (8-Amy Rodriguez, 68), 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 15-Megan Rapinoe, 2-Sydney Leroux, 13-Alex Morgan (14-Christen Press, 42), 17-Tobin Heath
Subs Not Used: 3-Christie Rampone, 7-Morgan Brian, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Julie Johnston, 20-Abby Wambach
Head Coach: Jill Ellis
GUA: 12-Alicia Navas; 2-Daniela Andrade, 14-Coralia Monterroso, 5-Londy Barrios, 3-Marilyn Rivera; 10-Kimberly De León (7-Alida Argueta, 77), 15-Christian Recinos, 6-Gloria Aguilar, 4-Mia Espino; 8-María Monterroso (19-Diana Barrera, 77), 13-Aisha Solorzano (18-Kellin Mayen, 71)
Subs Not Used: 1-Yoselin Franco, 9-Ana Lucia Martínez, 11-Vilma López, 16-Cinthya Lopez, 17-Jennifer Barrios, 20-Melany Cayetano
Head Coach: Benjamin Monterroso
Stats Summary: USA / GUA
Shots: 21 / 0
Shots on Goal: 11 / 0
Saves: 0 / 6
Corner Kicks: 11 / 0
Fouls: 14 / 10
Offside: 7 / 0
USA – Sydney Leroux (caution) 49th minute